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New Houses on Lackawanna

In what seemed like a repeat, Fairfax County planners were opposed to a development in Springfield because of a lack of open space.

The plan would tear down three houses on about four acres on Lackawanna Drive and replace them with eight new houses. But the plan does not have usable and accessible open space, said Cathy Lewis of the Department of Planning and Zoning.

The open space is configured to either preserve trees or act as a buffer to the existing neighbors, said Greg Riegle, attorney for the developer, Eastwood Properties.

Planning Commissioner Rodney Lusk (Lee) sided with the developer. “I think that ultimately the open space will be accessible and it will be used,” he said.

The Planning Commission approved the proposal unanimously on March 22. It now goes to the Board of Supervisors for another Public hearing and a final decision.